Can hope be captured in an image?
This is the challenge survivor-turned-photographer-turned-documentarian-turned-visionary Sarah Takako Skinner plans to answer in what she hopes will the beginning of a long conversation.
Skinner’s three act (so far) life is covered in-depth in a two-part interview on “Monkey Radio with Marc”. It starts with extreme physical challenges and threat of a life cut short, from her very first day, and the story of her middle name (which is also her moniker). A thirst for knowledge of cultures and people propels her into an intriguing journey of travel, experiences and discovery of depth. In Act Two, whether performing as an actress or clicking a shutter, Skinner is determined to weave a story. Even the process of working with a model or photo shoot subject is itself a twisted tale unique to each gig, as she massages the path to capturing that “in-between” moment of truth. Her dodging hints at how photographing music legend Steven Tyler might have been experienced tell us just enough about the prestidigitation to intrigue, but not enough to give away the trick.
Act III opens with an experiment that unfolds to reveal extraordinary finds about what “hope” means to people in extreme circumstances, and whether it can be revealed by what they see through a lens (or what they choose to see through a lens). Skinner has stumbled onto a vision which could be an important examination of the human spirit and the relationship between what we feel and what we see.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of this interview is the contrast between Skinner’s willingness to dive in and her seeming strategic nature of doing so. In fact, the complex and compelling are by definition not simply one-note. It is fittingly ironic (or ironically fitting) that she is peeling back layers of the concept of hope in her in-progress documentary, when she herself seems to have so many.
Hear Part 1 of 2 the interview in “Hope – Part 1″
The interview continues with “Hope – Part 2” (coming soon)